Sleep Apnea An Overview
Sleep apnea, and more commonly obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is a growing health concern that can put a patient’s life at risk if left untreated. Dr. Tufa works with patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or who are considered at risk for developing a sleep-related disorder to restore health and wellness with oral appliance therapy.
Are You At Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect patients of all ages and demographics for a wide range of reasons, but there are some key risk factors that it is important to be aware of and discuss with Dr. Tufa during a dental office visit.
- Males, especially over the age of 45
- Large neck circumference
- Overweight, obese
- Deviated septum, nasal structure and sinus issues
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
If you are considered at risk or suffer from any of the following common symptoms of sleep apnea or OSA, mention your concerns or schedule an appointment. Dr. Tufa can work with you to determine if a sleep study should be coordinated with your physician and alert you to any oral signs of the condition.
- Snoring, gasping for air while sleeping
- Feeling groggy or excessively tired, even after a “full night” of rest
- Irritability, difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth, sore throat upon waking
Snoring, especially loud and sudden snoring, is a key indicator of a sleep disorder. While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, of you or a loved one snore it is important to seek advice and diagnosis to avoid the development of the health risks associated with sleep apnea. These can include an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, systemic disease, sudden stroke and heart attack.